Chaka Daley
Chaka  Daley

Head Coach



U-M Picked to Finish Fourth in Big Ten, Three Named to Watch List

Men's Soccer Picked Fourth in Big Ten, Three Named to Watch List


Opare Selected by LA Galaxy with 24th Pick in MLS SuperDraft

Opare Selected by LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer SuperDraft


2012 Michigan Men's Soccer Roster

2012 Michigan Men's Soccer Roster


Michigan Falls at No. 1 Akron in Second Round of NCAA Tournament

Men's Soccer Falls at No. 1 Akron in NCAA Tournament Second Round


Week #12: Michigan to Face Northwestern in Big Ten Semifinal

Men's Soccer at Northwestern for Big Ten Tournament Semifinal


Men's Soccer Rallies Past WMU

A three-goal second half led U-M to a 3-1 win over Western Michigan.


Men's Soccer Drops Niagara in NCAA Tourney

Fabio Pereira scored three second-half goals in just seven minutes of play as Michigan pulled away from Niagara, 3-1, in round one of the NCAA Tournament.


Big Ten Preview with Chaka Daley

2012 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament Preview featuring Michigan head coach Chaka Daley.


Men's Soccer Reclaims Big Bear Trophy

Adam Grinwis posted five saves and the shutout, while Kofi Opare headed in a Fabio Pereira corner kick at 69:49 for the match's lone score as U-M topped Michigan State, 1-0, to reclaim the Big Bear Trophy.


Men's Soccer Explodes for Four Goals to Beat Northeastern

Kofi Opare scored twice to ignite a four-goal burst in U-M's 4-1 win over Northeastern.

Chaka Daley was named as the second head coach in the history of the Michigan men's soccer program on Dec. 23, 2011. Now entering his fifth season as the leader of the Maize and Blue, Daley immediately turned around a Wolverine team with an 11-10-1 record in his first season in Ann Arbor, a six win turnaround from the previous season.

Michigan has played a top-20 schedule each of his seasons as the head man of the Wolverines, and his defensive tendencies shined through, as U-M surrendered only 1.05 goals per contest in 2015. Daley also saw his stellar recruiting class shine, as freshman Francis Atuahene took home Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and was named First Team All-Big Ten. U-M also successfully defended the Big Bear Trophy with a win over Michigan State in Ann Arbor, marking the first time in school history the Wolverines have won the trophy in back-to-back campaigns.

The 2014 season saw the Wolverines defeat No. 6 Notre Dame at home, and reclaimed the Big Bear Trophy with a 3-2 win at Michigan State, marking the first time U-M won in East Lansing since 2003. In individual honors, Daley mentored All-Big Ten honoree Colin McAtee, as well as senior co-captain Tyler Arnone, who earned second-team All-Big Ten honors. Arnone wrapped up his U-M career with three all-conference honors, becoming only the fourth player in U-M history to accomplish the feat. Additionally, freshman Billy Stevens and Ahinga Selemani were named to the Big Ten All-Freshman squad.

Prior to the 2014 campaign, Daley welcomed the best recruiting class in program history to Ann Arbor, and was ranked as the consensus No. 2 class in the nation.

The 2013 season brought an 8-7-3 mark in his second season at the helm, with the marquee win of the season coming against No. 17 Creighton at U-M Soccer Stadium. Individually, Daley guided junior midfielder Tyler Arnone to the first-ever Big Ten Midfielder of the Year honor, as well as All-Big Ten First Team. Two members of his first full recruiting class, Rylee Woods and Lars Eckenrode, earned spots on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team

In year one as the head man for the Wolverines, Daley guided the Wolverines to a berth in the Big Ten Championship game, defeated Niagara 3-1 in an NCAA Tournament home match, and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history. The Wolverines finished No. 21 in the NCAA RPI on the heels of playing the fourth toughest schedule in the nation. U-M defeated the eventual NCAA Champion Indiana by a 2-1 count on Oct. 19 in its signature win of the season.

Daley's guidance resulted in the emergence of First Team All-Big Ten selection Arnone, Second Team All-Big Ten honoree Adam Grinwis, and Big Ten All-Freshman squad member James Murphy.

In his three seasons in Ann Arbor, Daley has sent three players to the professional ranks in Kofi Opare (LA Galaxy/DC United), Fabio Pereira (Sounders FC) and Luke Coulson (Cardiff City of the English Premier League).

Prior to arriving in Ann Arbor, Daley spent the previous 12 seasons as head coach of the Providence College Friars.

In 2011, Daley guided Providence to an 11-8-1 record and an NCAA at-large bid, as the Friars defeated Dartmouth in the opening round of the 2011 tournament. In his final seven seasons, he guided the Friars to a 72-47-21 mark, and led his alma mater to seven consecutive winning seasons and five NCAA Tournament appearances. The Friars hosted NCAA Tournament match-ups during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns.

The 2010 Friars squad made a run during the latter half of the season, reeling off seven consecutive wins and going unbeaten in 10 matches (8-0-2) for the first time since 1984. The Friars earned a berth in the Big East Tournament and notched road victories at Villanova and at No. 1-seed Georgetown to advance to the semifinals. In the semis, the Friars defeated Cincinnati and earned a spot in the championship match for the second time in school history where they lost in penalties to No. 1 seed Louisville.

On Nov. 29, 2011, he was inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame for his prowess on and off the field. In 2005, Daley was named NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division I New England Coach of the Year in and was one of 8 coaches as a nominee for NSCAA National Coach of the Year that same season.

Three former Wolverines, most recently 2013 graduate Fabio Pereira (Sounders FC) and members of the 2012 squad Luke Coulson (Cardiff City, English Premier League) and Kofi Opare (LA Galaxy) inked professional deals in Daley's tenure at Michigan. Four former Friars signed professional contracts under Daley's guidance in goalkeeper Chris Konopka (Kansas City, 2007) who is now a member of the Philadelphia Union, goalkeeper Tim Murray (New England, 2010), midfielder Andrew Sousa (New England, 2011), and midfielder Ryan Maduro (NY Red Bull, 2012).

Daley graduated from Providence in 1996 after a four-year career, logging matches as a starting defender all four years . He scored nine goals in 69 career matches.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Daley pursued a professional career following his graduation from Providence. He played for the United Soccer League's Rhode Island Stingrays (1996-97) and spent two seasons with the New England Revolution's A-League affiliate, the Boston Bulldogs (1998-99). On June 14, 1999, he was promoted to Major League Soccer with the Revolution, and spent the 1999 season with New England, before accepting the job as head coach of the Friars in 2000.

Daley was also a member of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Committee for four seasons (2003-06). Daley was also the regional advisory committee chairperson for New England and was part of the 10-member selection committee for the men's tournament during that time.

Daley was affiliated with the U.S. Soccer Academy, serving as the head coach for the U16 FC Greater Boston Bolts (1998 to 2011). He also spent two seasons with the U17 & U18 Olympic Development Program in Rhode Island. Additionally, he holds a USSF "A" Coaching License and earned an MBA from Providence in 2005.

He and his wife, Heather, have a son, Donovan (9), and a daughter, Savanah (4).

Sign up for Michigan Insider to be the first to learn about 2017 Michigan men's soccer ticket opportunities.